Palm oil is found in many products. Although it is vegan as an ingredient, it is not obtained in an animal-friendly manner
In products such as spreads and vegan sausages, palm oil ensures a firm consistency and prevents other liquid fats from settling. In addition, palm oil is cheap because the cultivation is efficient because the oil palm has a very high yield.
The problem starts with the fact that oil palms grow in jungle areas and rainforest is cleared for the plantations, mostly illegal.
In this way, the last remaining habitats for orangutans are also being destroyed.
After a few years, palm oil yields decline.
Old areas are being given up and more rainforest is being cleared for new areas.
Child labor is also a problem in the extraction of palm oil. This is why some people avoid products that contain palm oil.
Since December 2014, according to the EU Food Information Regulation, the origin of the fats has to appear on products instead of “vegetable oils or fat”.
A boycott of the products is possible, but difficult.
In addition to food, palm oil is also found in cosmetics, cleaning agents, candles, paints, varnishes and agrofuels.
Seals have so far been of little help in making a decision.
The RSPO-certified palm oil, for example, has minimum standards such as no deforestation of primary forests and forests that are particularly worth preserving, the core labor standards and payment according to minimum standards.
However, implementation is only mandatory and there is no independent control body.
Other seals only identify a tiny fraction of palm oil.
If you want to do something about the deforestation of the rainforest for palm oil, you can write to food manufacturers and ask them to switch to other oils. But you can also do a lot yourself.
Try our chocolate and nut cream. And we also have a few vegan snacks that don’t contain palm oil.
And I mean…The production of palm oil is a destructive and violent business.
It’s the fault of mogul companies like OOPC, for example, that forests are disappearing at breakneck speed.
Malaysia: palm oil production
Palm oil is omnipresent in our lives – it is in our food, in cosmetics, in cleaning products and in the car tank.
44% of the world’s palm oil harvest is used as an additive for biodiesel. The rest for food, livestock feed, cosmetic products, detergents, care products and cleaning agents. The majority of products on supermarket shelves contain palm oil.
It brings huge profits to large corporations and robs small farmers of land and livelihoods. Displacements, clearing of the rainforest and extinction of species are consequences of our palm oil consumption.
At 66 million tons per year, palm oil is the most commonly produced vegetable oil.
The palm oil plantations worldwide now extend to more than 27 million hectares of land.
On an area the size of New Zealand, the rainforests, people and animals have already had to give way to the “green deserts”.
Only 70,000 orangutans are still roaming the forests of Southeast Asia.
About 54,000 animals live in the wild in Borneo and are highly endangered, in Sumatra there are 14,000 animals.
They are burned, displaced or starved in search of food as a result of the destruction of the rainforest.
Mother animals are killed by criminals, the young animals are sold and enslaved. In five to ten years, as a result of this horrific business, none of the three orangutan species could exist anymore; their habitat could have disappeared by then.
The great apes today are restricted to Borneo and Sumatra.
We can still do something about it in everyday life:
Check the ingredients carefully and strictly: Buy organic products and products with local oils (e.g. sunflower or rapeseed oil). Substances such as palmitates, glyceryl or vegetable oil can be indications of palm oil, which should be avoided.
Write to companies: The more people tell companies that they are not satisfied with or disagree with a product that has palm oil, the greater the pressure on the company.
Public pressure and increased awareness of the problem have already led some producers to stop using palm oil.
About this video:
The British supermarket chain Iceland planned to run a heartbreaking commercial on television in 2018.
Branded products such as chocolate or shampoos that contain palm oil should disappear completely from the shelves.
Iceland wanted to advertise this with a moving video.
But that was not allowed as a TV commercial.
The video spread rapidly on the Internet, more than 13 million Facebook users saw it: You can see a small orangutan turning a child’s room upside down. The girl who lives there has to watch the little monkey knock down plants, chocolate and shampoo.
She calls the monkey Rang-Tan.
He tells his story in the video: His rainforest was destroyed for the cultivation of palm oil.
My best regards to all, Venus